Occasionally Symington would comment on the suicides that occurred during his reign, but he never seemed to consider the possibility that the brutality of his practices might have been a contributory cause. His prime concern seemed to be to deflect blame away from the Brethren. He used very angry words about journalists or anyone else that drew attention to the way the victim had been treated. The message was to blame the victim or blame the devil, but don’t blame the Brethren or Symington or his ministry.
Here are some examples of his comments.
Ministry of J. H. Symington Vol. 48 pages 275-277 (Palmerston North, 23 November 1977)
Ministry of J. H. Symington Vol. 77 pages 138-139 (Redbridge, 26 April 1980)
Ministry of J. H. Symington Vol. 85 page 257 (Hamilton, 30 November 1980)
Ministry of J. H. Symington Vol. 86 pages 6-7 (Neche, 7 December 1980)
Ministry of J. H. Symington Vol. 95 pages 134-135 (Minneapolis, 26 August 1981)